Valencia expands footprint with Seoul center



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The Spanish professional football club Valencia CF’s international expansion of the VCF Academy model continues in 2020-21 with the setting up of an academy in Seoul, the capital and main business center of South Korea. The City is the fourth largest metropolitan area in the world, with more than 24 million inhabitants in an area which includes Incheon Port and Gyeonggi Province.

Valencia CF or simply Valencia is a Spanish professional football club in Valencia. They play in LaLiga – the men’s top professional football division of the Spanish football league system.

The new VCF Academy in Seoul will be based at S-Build Futsal Park, which enjoys magnificent facilities for the development of young and new talent. Three 8-a-side pitches and two 11-a-side pitches will be available, and it will also feature dressing room areas and training rooms for the coaches and players.

This exciting project will come armed with different programs that will help to bolster the training of players and coaches through the Valencia CF mode. Under the VCF Academy motto of ‘We educate people, we develop footballers’, the values of sport will be implemented through sporting and social activities to raise the awareness quotient among players, staff and family members.

Remarked Munhan Choi, The Most Group Inc Managing CEO, “The Most Group Inc. and Valencia CF offer a world-class program that provides players with an opportunity for comprehensive development, in a format that breaks with the country’s deep-rooted philosophy of ‘learning by heart’. This new format will be based on a more fun and enjoyable learning process, so that participants can come to understand and enjoy the true meaning of teamwork. We are confident that the combination of high quality facilities and the proven and successful VCF Academy methodology will help many young talents, as we are currently seeing with South Korean player Kang-in’s success in the Valencia CF first team.”

Lee Kang-in is a South Korean footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder in LaLiga for Valencia CF. He was the Asian Football Confederation’s Asian Young Footballer of the Year in 2019, when he also won the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup’s™ Golden Ball Award. Lee’s team finished runner-up during the event.

Stated Sean Bai, VCF Academy Director General, “We are delighted to be opening our second international academy in South Korea, and to do so in the capital City of Seoul. We continue to export our training methods around the world, giving players the opportunity to train as if they were in Valencia. Equally important is the international experience that we provide to the VCF Academy coaches that we send to oversee each project. We are confident that this will be a very successful and long-lasting project in Seoul, together with The Most Group Inc., and that the Valencia CF brand will be consolidated in the country with success stories such as Kang In, who was brought up at the VCF Academy from the 8-a-side teams to make it to the current first team squad.”

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